Despite all the claims of the Obama Administration, we still lack a responsible approach to meeting our energy needs. Republicans have long favored an "all of the above" approach to an energy policy. That means if it's American, we need to be using it safely and responsibly.

No single source is the answer. However, in spite of any false reports you may have heard, one of the most promising sources is natural gas and oil produced by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", as it is commonly called.

Here are some facts about fracking in Arkansas:

The natural gas extracted from shale rock, including the “Fayetteville Shale” in Arkansas, provides a clean source of electricity for millions of Americans.

  • According to a study by the University of Arkansas, more than $12.4 billion was added to the economy from fracking in Arkansas over a three-year period.
  • This energy production provided jobs for at least 22,000 Arkansans, increased pay, and led to secondary small business and manufacturing jobs across the state.

Despite all these benefits, there is a concerted effort by fracking opponents—including many within the Obama administration—to mislead the American people about all that fracking has to offer. A report recently released by Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee (on which I serve) seeks to set the record straight.

I'm interested in your feedback about fracking. Please leave me a comment on my on my website about this important tool in a common-sense energy policy.

Sincerely,

John Boozman

 

I believe the President needs a clear cut strategy to prevent the spread of Ebola. We need to be proactive and establish temporary travel restrictions for people entering the United States who have been to West African countries experiencing Ebola outbreaks.

With the border security crisis in the spotlight, the President finally responded with a request for almost $4 billion in additional funding to help stabilize the situation.

Let me be clear, the president can request whatever he wants, but if we don't include strict reforms that increase the security at our borders and if we don't rewrite the provision that prevents the administration from beginning the deportation process for these children then it is not going to pass Congress.

This is a crisis of the President's own making. Congress will not give him a blank check to fix it. There can be no amnesty, we must enforce the laws already on the books and we must stop the practice of throwing money at border security while not actually securing the border.

I will continue to stand firm on this issue, and I appreciate the messages and emails of support for my stance.

Thank you first for your prayers and support over the past weeks. Cathy and I are so incredibly grateful for the many emails, phone calls and letters we received. They truly have been inspirational to read during my recovery.

I am back in Washington and eager to get to work. As a member of the Veterans' Affairs committee I am focused on getting to the bottom of the mess at VA, fixing the problem and holding people accountable. Our veterans deserve better and I am committed to delivering that for them.

The Associated Press wrote a story this week about my return to work. I'm excited to be back to work for you. Please read the story below and share it with friends and family across Arkansas by forwarding this email and sharing it on social media.

Thank you again for support and continued interest in my efforts.

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Boozman, back at work post-surgery, to run in ‘16

By The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas returned to work on Monday after having emergency heart surgery in April, and said the procedure hasn’t changed his plans to seek re-election in 2016.

Back at his Washington office for the first time since the April 22 surgery, the freshman Republican senator told The Associated Press on Monday that he expects to run for a second term in two years and that his surgery hasn’t changed that.

“I’m planning on running, very definitely,” Boozman said. “I think because of the fact I’ve come through this so well, not only will I have a full recovery but these things really do make you take a little better care of yourself, so ironically, I think I’ll live a lot longer as a result of this happening.”

Read the Full Article Here.

U.S. Senator John Boozman is in recovery following heart surgery today in Rogers, Arkansas.

He was taken to the hospital overnight after suffering from pain in his chest and arm. After running several tests doctors admitted Boozman and performed heart surgery.

Doctors say he responded well to the surgery and are monitoring his recovery. Boozman’s family has visited with him and are hopeful for a full recovery. The family appreciates the thoughts and prayers from well-wishers.

Temperatures around Arkansas may be on the rise, but that does not diminish the real hardships Americans faced the past few months as a result of our nation’s propane shortage. During the coldest days of last winter, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said that propane stocks were as much as 43% lower than the previous year, causing energy prices to double, or even triple, since October.

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Mar 10 2014

Recently on the floor of the U.S. Senate, I shared a letter I received from a fellow Arkansan who’d experienced just this. Like nearly four million other Americans, he received a cancellation notice for his health insurance policy, because of ObamaCare. He was happy with his policy, but he was nevertheless forced to drop it. The nearest policy he could find on the ObamaCare website included an increased deductible of 20 percent and increased premiums of 300 percent!

Shutdown Update

Oct 14 2013

With negotiations on Capitol Hill entering a critical stage this week I wanted to update you. While I don’t believe a continuing resolution is the responsible way to fund the government, we do need to find common ground to provide the services of government. To encourage long-term planning we are going to go need to go back to the basics of passing a budget. This is the most basic level of governing. We need this framework to rein in spending, eliminate the waste and the abuse of our government programs.While we continue to negotiate, my office remains open for any Arkansans that needs assistance during the shutdown.

http://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/office-locations